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Wymondham’s Community Bookshop Opens Its Doors at New Location

Published: 01 October 2023

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Jack Kinsey and others in Kett's Books

Kett’s Books are delighted to announce the opening of Wymondham’s community bookshop at their new site at 11 Market Place on Saturday, 30 September. The new shop has been transformed with a magical interior designed by Jack Kinsey, finalist in the BBC1’s Interior Design Masters. An enthusiastic band of around 45 volunteers brought their decorating and DIY skills, together with their time and hard work to bring Jack’s vision to life.

The new bookshop, which is run by volunteers, will hopefully help build the town’s reputation as a destination - attracting more visitors to the area and to other businesses in Wymondham.

The interior of new Kett's Books

Tracy Kenny, Manager of Kett’s Books, says: “We have loved growing Kett’s Books in Wharton’s Court, but we know we have potential to achieve so much more. Moving to 11 Market Place means we’re going to be able to hold more activities and events, as well as offer more volunteering opportunities.

Shopfront of Kett's Books

“The new site is magnificent and deserves to have the best brought out in it. Jack’s design has made the bookshop just as cosy and welcoming as it always has been – but with his touch, it is absolutely enchanting. We can’t wait for adults and families to browse our books, meet new friends, and enjoy the community events we are planning.

Tracy Kenny and Kim Carsok

“One of our favourite areas Jack has designed is a special space for children and parents/carers to enjoy spending time. It is a place where a lifelong love of books and reading can begin and grow.”

Jack Kinsey, Interior Designer, who lives in nearby Scoulton, says: “I was delighted to be asked to design the new interior of Kett’s Book. It’s a wonderful building with so much potential for a designer. Working closely with the team at Kett’s Books, my design is inspired by Kett’s Oak - a symbol of not only Wymondham’s historic past, but of Kett’s Books itself. We hope that people feel that the book shop is not only a welcoming and great place to buy a book, but somewhere that they will want to revisit for the experience.”

Tracy Kenny adds: “We are very proud of our transformed Kett’s Books in its fantastic new location and we are looking forward to welcoming old customers and new to enjoy a visit to us. We would also like to give huge thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who have made all this possible.”

Cllr Kim Carsok attended the opening reception on behalf of South Norfolk Council, which awarded a Pride in Place grant for the project, helping with costs of refitting the building. She said: “I’m so pleased to see the community bookshop open its new door at 11 Market Place. Kett’s Books is so much more than a shop, it’s a community hub of booklovers of all ages reaching far beyond the borders of Wymondham.”

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